Technological advancements have moved our world into a more civilized sustainable place. Plumbing systems have revolutionized some societies. At this same time these great improvements are often subject to over use and sometimes what would be considered abuse. Plumbing problems usually involve the advice of experts who are trained in eradication methods, much like pest control. This can be a costly inconvenience, especially when not dealt with in a timely manner.
Drains are the receptacles for all sorts of items. Often what goes in is not what the mechanical parts of the system were designed for. Most people have experience with a clog in one way or another. They can be single objects or the accumulation of many. Households with children often experience this problem repeatedly. It could be a great idea to monitor the size of toys that enter the bath.
First of all one should look at the common use for the drain in question. A sink and bath drain, while similar are exposed to very different materials. One commonality of both is the hair clog. Most are familiar with the moment a drain backs up. There is the dreaded gurgling and the water just won’t go down. Usually small clogs, such as hair, are easy to remove if they have not been building over time.
Another reason homes or businesses experience a drainage problem could be the mechanics itself. Often inexperienced people are the ones to do the installation. This could lead to undersized lines and incorrect use of fittings. When parts do not fit together correctly, or there is not enough space, water and other material do not flow through the system as intended.
While this common plumbing problem is unpleasant there are several cases of interesting foreign objects found in pipes and drains. For example reptiles have been reported as finding their way into the plumbing from external sources. Some house hold pets such as a boa constrictor have also been extracted by professionals. Other common objects include underwear, wedding rings and false teeth.
Plumbing woes are not limited to clogs. Many have experienced a foul smell coming from their pipes. This could be due to a lack of slope in the drainage system. Also sewer gas can enter a room’s atmosphere if there is not water in the traps under the sink and bathtub.
Poorly connected hoses can be the root of further suffering. Elevated pressure can cause hoses to disconnect say from a water heater or washing machine. Also types of small animals or general wear and tear can lead to small leaks. Any of these reasons can result in a flooded house. The damage to wood floors can be very costly to repair.
The average person knows very little about actual causes of plumbing problems. While dad and grandpa may enjoy toying away under the sink a lack of proper knowledge can make a bad situation worse. It is a good idea to self-educate or seek the help of a professional when issues arise.